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15 Feb, 2011 13:40

Egypt pays ex-navy captain $50,000 for arm eaten by shark

Egypt pays ex-navy captain $50,000 for arm eaten by shark

A St. Petersburg resident, who lost his left arm to a shark while diving at a resort in Egypt, has received compensation from the North African country’s tourism ministry.

Evgeny Trishkin, a retired naval captain, was attacked by the man-eating shark in December 2010. Several tourists visiting the popular resort Sharm el-Sheikh were injured and one killed in a hunting spree by the bloodthirsty predator.The 54-year-old Russian lost his left arm, while his right hand was seriously damaged. Egypt’s tourism ministry decided to pay US$50,000 compensation on top of the insurance covering the treatment of the man, he told the media on Tuesday. The sum is enough to buy a prosthesis for his lost limb, he said.Trishkin is yet to undergo the extensive rehabilitation process for his right arm. He is unlikely to ever regain full control of the limb.